Blood is a vital and limited health care resource.

Inappropriate transfusion practices are common in hospitals. Not only does this put significant strains on Canada’s blood supply, but it also exposes patients to potential harm.

Using Blood Wisely is a national campaign to decrease inappropriate red blood cell transfusion practices in Canada.

Is your hospital using blood wisely?

Choosing Wisely Canada, Canadian Blood Services, and clinical experts have developed national benchmarks on transfusion appropriateness.  

Take our challenge by December 1, 2020, to see how your hospital compares to benchmarks. The challenge involves conducting a spot audit of recent red blood cell transfusions in your hospital.

  • Meet benchmarks? Get designated as a “Using Blood Wisely Hospital” and recognized nationally.
  • Not quite there yet? Enrol in a quality improvement initiative proven to reduce inappropriate transfusions and qualify for designation upon meeting the benchmarks.
Take the Challenge

Launch events

Ready to take the challenge? Kick-start your efforts with the Using Blood Wisely campaign by joining our launch events on September 22 or September 30 at 12 p.m. ET.

Hosted by Choosing Wisely Canada and Canadian Blood Services, these interactive webinars will highlight steps to becoming a designated Using Blood Wisely Hospital.

Bring your questions and learn more about how your hospital can get involved:

Benefits of participating.

  • Receive national recognition for your efforts and become a designated Using Blood Wisely Hospital.
  • Participation in this initiative can be acknowledged as an organizational quality improvement initiative by Accreditation Canada’s Qmentum Program.

Need more information?

Download our information package to help you get started.

Using Blood Wisely is organized by:

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